Whatever else free agency time may teach us, we all learn the great game of “Hurry Up and Wait” each time it comes around.
Case and point: multiple signings yesterday and today, but no word yet on the big name.
Of those who were announced today to have signed, we have returning forward Brian McGrattan up first. McGrattan has signed a one year contract with the Predators for $600,000. He played thirty games with the Preds after being claimed on waivers from Anaheim last October.
Good news for one ofNashville’s “little leaguers”, Kevin Henderson has signed a one year, two way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level. Henderson signed with Nashville’s ECHL affiliate in February before moving to Milwaukee on a loan from the Cincinnati Cyclones. Maybe he will move up again next season and see some NHL time? Only time will tell.
On the other side of the story, we have to tell the sad story of departure.
Although truth be told, I’m not sure how many will really see this next person as a sad story. More of a sigh of relief maybe, since the Predators will be released from what could be seen as a job of babysitting.
It has been known since the end of the season that Alexander Radulov would not likely return to the Predators, but it was made official today that he will now not only be leaving the Preds but also the NHL. Radulov has signed a four year contract with CSKA in the KHL, effectively making the statement that he will likely not play stateside again. This move comes as little surprise after his actions during this season’s playoffs. Both Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn were suspended one game and then scratched for a second game after breaking team rules on curfew.
This is in conjunction with the fact that Nashville will not be resigning Kostitsyn either, though his brother Sergei will likely remain in Nashville for the next few seasons.
Now, Ryan Suter.
What to do with a man like Suter.
Obviously, you don’t sign him on the first two days of unrestricted free agency. I mean, why would anyone want to make this easy? Instead, everyone gets to spend a few days flipping out all over the internet and analysts get to have a more interesting job for a few days.
Suter’s agent announced today that there is no time table for a signing. Suter is taking the time to consider each of his options before making any big decisions as he will likely end up staying with the next team to sign him for the foreseeable future. This is likely to have an affect on Shea Weber status as well, as he has publicly stated he would like to continue playing with Suter. With both contracts up, it makes for a slippery situation in Nashville.
So in the meantime, #Suterwatch continues as we wait with baited breath for a contract signing.